Floatation For Athletes
Why every Athlete should utilize a Float Pod
Floating or flotation is therapy in which the person lies in a dense Epsom salt water solution in a pod that has been specially designed for this. It is an incredible and highly effective way of relaxing and relieving stress. This is a widely accepted therapy and is used by a number of world renowned athletes to treat various sports related conditions and aid in their recovery. It is also beneficial for those who don’t play any sports but want to better manage the stresses in their system.
What is notable is the fact that the positive effects of floatation are also cumulative. the more frequently you use this therapy, the more you benefit. After several floats our athletes frequently comment on how they crave time in the float pod now. Sports people from various fields use this experience to optimize the effects of their training routines, manage fatigue, and speed up their recovery from sports injuries.
The benefits of using flotation therapy are:
Increased concentration and focus
Accelerates the recovery from injury
Increases energy (ATP)
Ideal space for visualization
Boosts the immune system
Reduces cortisol and Lactic acid levels in the body
Aids in facilitated rest and reduces fatigue.
In the floatation pod, gravity isn’t a factor. The complete relaxation that it provides, gives all the muscles the much needed break they need. The benefits are truly impressive! When you are in the pod, every single muscle in the body gets the rest it needs and the proper time to fully recover.
Furthermore, epsom salts are a magnesium sulfate: a natural muscle relaxer and a protein builder for your joints. Not only can you truly decompress in the float pod, you absorb the minerals while you float directly into your muscles, allowing you to be noticeably less tense as soon as you get up!
Recovery Time Frame
When the athlete is in the flotation pod, the actual rate of recovery post physical exercise is enhanced beyond recognition. Recovery that would generally take a very long time gets compressed into just a few hours. Since floating in water that has high concentrations of Epsom salt reduces the stresses of gravity, the weight and pressure is taken off strained muscles, joints, and bones. This increases the efficiency of the blood circulation through the body. It also significantly improves the recovery time after injuries.
Sports Performance Improvement
Athletes that use this floatation therapy in combination with visualization techniques, experience a significant improvement in their performances. As the person’s brain transitions into a theta state, it becomes much more open to suggestion. The CNS (central nervous system) can be effectively trained to produce ‘perfect performance’. Today a number of top athletes use this technique to relax and up their performance in their chosen sport.
Working Against Gravity
While floating, gravity is taken off of the muscles and joints and the entire body is put in to a state of high physical relaxation. The blood pressure and oxygen intake reduces but the blood flow and distribution of red blood cells increases. These combined effects are especially beneficial to athletes, as it speeds the recovery from injury and assists in flushing out cortisol, lactic acid, and adrenaline that might have built up either via training or performance.
Reduces Injury Risk
Floatation loosens the muscles and gives athletes a higher degree of control in their nervous systems. In effect, this reduces risk of injury during training/competition. Floatation accelerates the athlete’s recovery process and releases large quantities of endorphins (natural painkillers of the body)
By being in an environment that facilitates sensory isolation, which is another component of floatation, the athlete truly has the space to reach the level of concentration required to have a tangible effect on his/her performance. Many modern training methods are focused on helping athletes master their “inner game” and assist in developing perfect synchronicity between body, mind and emotion.
This just leaves one question, When are you going to float?